A humble little crossroads town on the way to the Chilean border, Uspallata is an oasis of poplar trees set in a desolate desert valley. The polychrome mountains surrounding the town so resemble highland Central Asia that director Jean-Jacques Annaud used it as the location for the epic film Seven Years in Tibet.
The town first gained fame as a low-budget base for the nearby ski fields at Los Penitentes, but has recently been coming into its own with a few companies offering treks, horseback riding and fishing expeditions in the surrounding countryside.
There’s a post office and a Banco de la Nación, which has an ATM. The tiny tourist office is across from the YPF gas station. It has good information on local sights and activities and some very basic (but still useful) area maps.
Uspallata destination guides
Small-Group Tour: Andes Day Trip from Mendoza Including Aconcagua, Uspallata and Puente del Inca
Experience the best of the Mendoza Province’s Andes region on this day trip that will take you along part of the Pan-American Highway toward the Chilean border. With an experienced guide, you’ll make your way to the highest mountain in both North and South America – Aconcagua – where you'll visit a lookout point for awesome photo ops.